The Truth about Lithoptysis

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Have you experienced coughing up a “little stone” instead of mucus? Could it really be possible (medically speaking) to spit out a stone? How does it happen? What could be the reason of such a condition?

Lithoptysis, or stone expectoration, originates its word from the Greek lithos, which means stone. It has been known to exist since 4th century BC, the time of Aristotle. It is associated with broncholithiasis, an illness which indicates the presence of calcified material near or even inside the bronchial tree.

It is usually related to tuberculosis and other lung illnesses because the broncholiths (or hard concretion in a bronchus or bronchial tube) are supposed to appear when lymph nodes that enclose the bronchi (breathing tubes) turn out to be filled with calcium and solidify all through the inflammatory stages of such an illness.

While the accurate biochemistry of hardening of tissue is not totally comprehensible, it is anticipated that once a lung illness appears, the unliving tissue in the lung and adjacent lymph nodes turn into alkaline at some stage in the recovery progression. This alkaline setting allows carbonate and calcium phosphate to group collectively and produce deposits. After that, because of the continuous movement of the cardiopulmonary system, these calcified deposits go into the bronchial tree by erosion and the pebble is created.

Ideally, you should show the “stone” to your doctor so that you will be given sound medical advice and proper medical treatment. Regular medical check-ups should be done to test for any potential complications.